Williams ran the ball 13 times for 52 yards and a touchdown while securing his only target for nine yards during Sunday's 38-24 win against Buffalo in the AFC Championship Game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) was healthy enough to suit up for his first game appearance since Week 15, and he remained active throughout Sunday's playoff tilt. Williams paced the backfield in carries and rushing yards for a second straight outing, however, helping provide Kansas City back-to-back Super Bowl berths by way of his second-quarter TD run. Williams and the Chiefs' running back committee will have to contend with Tampa Bay's top-ranked rush defense, which held opponents to 82.2 yards per game during the regular season while containing Green Bay to just 67 yards in the NFC Championship Game.
Williams rushed 13 times for 78 yards and caught all four of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Browns in the AFC divisional round. Williams worked as the lead back with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) inactive, as Le'Veon Bell had just two carries and two targets. The third-year pro out of LSU made a pair of pivotal second-half plays, taking a toss 12 yards on 4th-and-1 to set up a third-quarter field goal and later gaining five yards on a 3rd-and-4 swing pass to help the Chiefs run out the clock in the fourth. Even if Edwards-Helaire returns for next week's AFC Championship Game against the Bills, Williams has likely earned himself a substantial role in Kansas City's backfield for that contest.
Williams finished the 2020 regular season with 39 carries for 169 yards and a touchdown while hauling in 18 of his 26 targets for another 116 yards. Williams saw a major bump in his action from 2018 to 2019, but that upward trend flattened out in his third professional campaign. Williams did manage to haul in a career-best 18 passes and averaged a career-high 4.3 yards per carry this season, so there's a good chance he will be on an NFL roster somewhere come 2021. Williams is a restricted free agent heading into the offseason, so the Chiefs would have to match other teams' offers to retain his services.
Williams collected 46 yards on 10 carries and secured four of six targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 17-14 win against the Falcons. Williams' workload exceeded that of Le'Veon Bell (seven carries, one catch) with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) inactive for the Week 16 matchup. This was a surprising development after Bell garnered a team-high 15 rush attempts last Sunday in a win over New Orleans. Williams not only delivered a 4.6 yards-per-carry average on the ground, but he also tied Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman for second on the team in targets. With Edwards-Helaire expected to sit Kansas City's regular-season finale against the Chargers, Williams' workload will depend on whether coach Andy Reid wants to preserve the 25-year-old for a home game in the AFC divisional round.
Williams carried the rock just three times for five yards during Sunday's game against New Orleans. Williams could be in line for a slightly heightened role over the last pair of games with Clyde Edwards-Helaire expected to miss out due to a high-ankle sprain. Le'Veon Bell should be set to handle most of the work, but Williams now slots in as the primary backup, which should carry an increased role as well. It's worth noting that even when Edwards-Helaire missed Week 13 versus the Broncos, Williams managed just six carries for 38 yards and a catch for another five, so there may not be a ton of fantasy upside on his end.
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